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Finding peace within chaos

Christmas is (believe it or not) around the corner and even though the holiday brings lots of joy, it also brings tons of stress.

Not everyone is looking forward to the hectic days of December, which often brings high expectation when it comes to dinner parties, presents, house decoration and the list goes on.

Best of You is therefore delighted to invite you to a workshop with Rebecca O’Brien, a Certified Stress Management & Relaxation Therapist, to help you stay centred in the midst of the Christmas chaos.

Rebecca will help you relieve the pressures and overwhelming thoughts and refocus your mind on joy, peace and well-being. She will guide you through deep relaxation exercises, talk about the effects that stress has on your body and how to manage it, by helping you understand you own cognitive behaviour.

Practical information
When:
 Saturday 9/12, 12:45-14:45
Where: Yos Yoga, Katarina Bangata 21, Stockholm
Price: 380 SEK
Registration: Sign up here
Additional information: The workshop will be held in English. Please use comfortable and warm clothes as we will be sitting on a yoga mat during the workshop. Some yummy smoothies and snacks will be served after the workshop.

For more information contact Best of You at contact@bestofyou.se. Looking forward to meeting you.

Lots of love from Best of You


By: Mo Oléron 

Be Inspired

To-do list: too many things

Imagine you’re working your way through your to-do list when you suddenly realize it’s 6pm already! Before the day is over you still need to find time to do grocery shopping, make dinner, maybe tuck in the kids and on top of that try to squeeze in a workout, before getting your desired amount of eight hours of sleep. Sound familiar?

Today, many of us feel overwhelmingly busy and we end up multitasking our way through life. The 24 hours we have during a day don’t seem nearly enough, but longer days aren’t coming any time soon! Like it or not; 24 hours is all you’re going to get.

The trick is to manage your time right, so you don’t end up stressing yourself sick. Because let’s be real for a second here; it’s not worth it, is it? It’s all about how you choose to handle what comes your way, but for those of you who may find it hard; here are some tips that may be useful when you dream of longer days.

Organize
Maybe you’re not a to-do list person, but organizing and keeping track on your chores can help you feel on top of things. Help yourself organize information, tasks, projects and other things that may fill your day, in the way you feel best.

Prioritize
Even though we want to be superheroes and get everything done at once, we are not! You can’t be super-mom or dad, super-employee, super-wife or husband and friend all at once, without pushing yourself to the absolute limit. So just don’t! Which takes us to the next point on the list.

Learn to say no
Don’t take on more than you can handle. You’re not a bad person for saying no from time to time. Learning to say no and stand up for yourself is a process, but when you get the hang of it, it will only benefit you, I promise.
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Leave a buffer
For your own sake; don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a buffer in between each task or meeting, that way you avoid getting stressed out during the day.

Breathe and stretch
Regardless of how much you have on your plate, always take the time to just breath and stretch. Doesn’t need to be more than a minute or two, but it will benefit you in the long run. A body and mind on high speed will crash eventually, so stop and breath!

Have the right attitude
How you react to a certain situation is entirely up to you. If your boss comes and throws a pile of work on your desk; try not to stress and get angry, but instead take one step at a time, focusing on getting the job done. Attitude is everything!

Lastly, and most importantly; remember to fill your days with more than chores. Life is so much more than paying bills and using all your energy pleasing everyone else. Keep that in the back of your mind and you’ll be fine!


By: Henriette Danielsen

Be Inspired

Time to take a chill?

It’s truly fascinating how our body communicates with our brain. It tells us when we’re tired, happy, in pain or stressed. But sometimes we misread the signals it’s trying to send, mistaking it for something else. Like stress for example.

Many of us are sadly so used to being stressed that we often don’t stop to listen before we are at the breaking point. The first step to control stress is to recognize the symptoms, which isn’t always that easy.

Here are some unusual signs of stress;

Memory loss
Can’t seem to remember what was just said in a meeting or you forget the little things here and there? Memory loss can be a direct link to stress and occurs because the hippocampus is exposed (the area of the brain that controls your short-term memory), to excessive levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Hair loss
Severe stress can cause the body’s immune system to attack the hair follicles, causing hair loss. This is called Alopecia areata and can last up to three months after a stressful period.

Can’t beat the cold?
When you’re stressed your body reacts more severely to viruses and your immune system is weakened, making it harder to get rid of a cold.

Sore muscles
When you’re stressed you tighten your muscles – sometimes without knowing it, which results in being sore. That’s especially normal around the neck and back.

Weird nails
Nails, like the rest of your body, is not immune to stress. The effect of stress can be shown on your nails by having horizontal ridges.

So, what can we do about this? First of all, the obvious; try to not stress. Find some time every day for yourself where you do something that feels good and makes you happy. Try to say no to things from time to time and most importantly; listen to your body. It reveals everything about our overall health and it would be wise to listen!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred

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When you don’t have the time to relax – that’s when it’s time to relax

You know, one of those days when the sun is shining and all of your friends are busy, so you decide to spend the day with yourself. But when you get to the crowded park, you realize your phone is dead and the book you were supposed to bring is still at home. Do you feel; panic or relief? strength or worried? secure or hopeless?
By: Therés Enström Photo: Sandra Svensson

In the moment we spend time with others, we can meet ourselves but we can easily forget the magic of meeting ourselves when we spend time alone. Think for a moment, how do you feel about yourself and what thoughts do you have about yourself?

What we think affects our emotions as well as our physiological responses and actions. Our brain sorts out impressions and information after a negative, positive or indifferent experience and when the brain believe that the information is negative and a threat it will automatically connect to our body’s defenses which make us ready to fight or run.[1]

We live in a world where we are supposed to be “perfect “, where we shall fight until we bleed, get back again and continue until we reach the “top”. Where demands are constantly increasing, and the time and humanity is reduced. Where the image of the “ideal self” chasing us to sleepless nights, retouched images on Instagram, hurried coffee breaks, more projects and more working hours.

You have just as much value as you had before you passed an exam or finished a project

We know that stress is dangerous in the long run, but despite this more and more people are burned out. Stress is linked to the reaction of struggle and flight, and the body, brain and psyche’s different reactions to pressure and challenges.[2] Stress and control belong together and when we struggle to maintain our control a certain situation, a stress reaction is created.[3] This could happen when you meet what you think are the obstacles in your life and you lose control.

The question is how you treat yourself when it occurs?

There’s no right and wrong in this. Fighting is good, want to become better at something is a good thing, but we must never forget that it’s okay to be enough, dare to love ourselves in all our shapes, colors, thoughts and patterns. Dare to be confident that you’re awesome just the way you are. You have just as much value as you had before you passed an exam or finished a project. It’s great that you want to get better, sweat, grow and learn, but remember that you are valuable no matter what you accomplish, or don’t accomplish. Your value will not change with the numbers of your medals. The important deal is to love yourself and be happy with all your choices and thoughts.

A wise person once said that if you feel you don’t have the time, that’s when you take a beak and say something nice to yourself. It’s by far my best advice to reduce stress. When I feel stressed out, I lie down, relax and say something nice to myself, sometimes I really have to force myself to do it. But I make sure I do it.

Next time you feel all stressed up – and do not have the time – that is when you should take a break!


Name: Therés Enström
Age: 28
Occupation: Lead singer in the rock band King Albatross and the band Juniper Stream and soon-to-be health counselor
Lives: Borlänge Sweden

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Sources used:

[1] För att förnya arbetsmiljöarbetet. Näringsdepartementet DS 2001:28 (2001)
[2] För att förnya arbetsmiljöarbetet. Näringsdepartementet DS 2001:28 (2001)
[3] Theorell, T. (2012). Psykosocial miljö och stress. Lund: Studentlitteratur.